10.08.04 - 10.11.04

US Airways Hyatt Regency Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

"I left my heart in San Francisco.."

View of the City from Twin Peaks

Flying Blue Angels

In Alcatraz

Infamous Alcatraz

Flying Blue Angels

In Downtown

Ferries on the Harbor

Overlooking the Bay

In Twin Peaks

In Alcatraz

The Pacific Ocean

Fisherman's Wharf

In Twin Peaks

Alcatraz Island

Sonoma City Hall

Angel Island

Downtown Buildings

Clock Tower

A Chapel in Sonoma

Overlooking Alcatraz

In Mission Dolores

The Crookedest Street

In Golden Gate Bridge

Bird by the Bay

Foggy Golden Gate Bridge

Boat on the Bay

In Twin Peaks

In Alcatraz

Flying Blue Angels

In Downtown

In Alcatraz

U.S. Mint

We Love San Francisco

Bird on a Flag

Bubba Gump

Columbus Day Parade

Bougainvillea Flowers

Alcatraz Building

In Alcatraz

City Artwork

The Golden Gate Bridge

Wine Tasting

Wine Barrels

In Alcatraz Island

Embarcadero

In Downtown

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Cliff by the Ocean

Trees in Muir Woods

A Llama in Sonoma

In Napa Valley

Japanese Tea Garden

Redwoods in Muir Woods

A Llama in Sonoma

In Muir Woods

Entrance to Muir Woods

In Muir Woods

Cliff by the Ocean

Wine Tasting

Brooks & Babbles

Vineyards

Muir Woods

In Mission Dolores

Cable Car

Inmates of Alcatraz

Red Woods in Muir Woods

In Napa Valley

Muir Woods

Napa Valley

Cable Car

Cliff by the Pacific Ocean

A Plant in Bloom in Alcatraz

In Viansa Winery

Statue in Mission Dolores

Golden Heart

Guard Station in Alcatraz

Larson Family Winery

Seals on the Harbor

Ship on Embarcadero

Japanese Tea Garden

View from the Plane

Wine Tasting

Alcatraz Prison

Sonoma Jack Cheese Factory

Golden Gate Bridge

Lunch in Sonoma

Hyatt Hotel Interior

Inside Mission Dolores

Basilica in Mission Dolores

In Our Hotel Lobby

Hyatt Hotel Interior

Hyatt Hotel Interior

Hyatt Hotel

Chinatown Gate

Teddy Bears

View from Our Room

White Orchids

In Our Hotel

Souvenir Store

Purple Orchids

In Alcatraz

Imprisoned in Alcatraz

Coit Tower

The Crookedest Street Sign

Clock Tower

Our Hotel Bedroom

Purple Flowers

Golden Gate Bridge

Detailed Designs

Inside Alcatraz

In Sonoma Town Centre

Promise Ring

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Plants in Muir Woods

Foggy San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

In the fall of 2004, Don and I flew to San Francisco, CA, the City of Hills. On our first day, we went on a sightseeing tour, which took us past all the major landmarks in the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Barbary Coast, Civic Center, Union Square, Nob Hill, Marina District, Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, Mission Dolores, Palace of Fine Arts, Haight Ashbury's Victorians & Painted Ladies, and finally Twin Peaks, offering spectacular views of San Francisco and the Bay Area. From this perch above the city, we saw Mt. Diablo to the east, the foggy Golden Gate Bridge to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The next day was the lovely Wine Country and Muir Woods tour. We first winded our way through the coastal mountains near Mt. Tamalpais before arriving at Muir Woods, where we saw the oldest and tallest trees on earth. The coastal redwoods towered above us as we walked along the creek and hiked the trails. From easy to strenuous, the sights, sounds, and smells reminded us what the woods are all about. Afterwards, we stopped by historic Sonoma for lunch before continuing on to the famous Napa and Sonoma valleys. We hit a few wineries for tasting a variety of whites, reds, and dessert wines. We saw the beautiful vineyards that have been supplying California with fantastic wines for decades. The rolling hills of the wine country is one of the most beautiful sceneries we've ever seen. At the end of the tour we were all buzzed as we headed back to San Francisco, stopping by the Golden Gate Bridge for snapshots. Then later that night we walked to Chinatown for a fine seafood dinner. The next day, we hopped on a cable car on the way to "the crookedest street in the world" on Lombard street before heading for lunch in Fisherman's Wharf, a lively area on the waterfront, where we also got a chance to see the Columbus Day Parade. Then we took a ferry ride to Alcatraz, the most infamous prison in the country. Once a Federal Penitentiary, Alcatraz housed prisoners too notorious and dangerous to be held elsewhere. We explored this island prison by visiting exhibits and enjoying the views of the city as well as the flying blue angels. One experience I'll never forget is when Don went inside one of the prison cells, and then we closed the door so that I could take a picture of him pretending to be locked inside. But then afterwards the door wouldn't open again- it got stuck! I freaked out and almost started crying until one of the tourists helped him get out, lol. After this thrilling experience, we ended our trip with a savory dinner in Dante's Seafood Restaurant, overlooking the bay. Truly, we had fallen in love with this beautiful city.